I’ve driven some really great cars in my lifetime. Ferraris, Bentleys, Porsches, Mercedes – you name it, and chances are I’ve driven it. That’s the life of an automotive journalist. But my head is still spinning and my heart is still pounding from a recent drive in what can be considered to the ultimate automobile, the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport.
It certainly is one of the most expensive, pushing $2 million. And among the most powerful, nudging up towards 1,200 horsepower. And the fastest, pushing to speeds at which large jetliners would long be airborne. And the most exclusive, with production measured in the tens, not tens of thousands.
The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport is one of those rarities which, when given a chance you make sure to get behind the wheel. But first, a little history.
The French car company with the Italian name (and now owned by German car company Volkswagen) was founded in 1909 by Ettore Bugatti. Bugatti built some of the world’s most beautiful and successful cars, often raced against his main nemesis, Bentley.